Artificial Intelligence and Education: Ethical and organizational questions

Welcome to our Workshop “AI and Education. A view through the lens of human rights, democracy and the rule of law. Legal and organizational requirements“!

We want to discuss ethical and organizational questions around AI and Education (AI&ED) together with you!

Join our interactive workshop at the AI&ED Conference 2023:

Monday, 3rd of July 2023

The hybrid workshop will take place in Tokyo (Japan) as well as online.

Workshop Objectives

The workshop intends to achieve these learning objectives:

  • To explore potential guidelines for trustworthy and ethical AI usage and to critically assess their structure and usage scenarios
  • To develop ideas around personal future ramifications (including trustworthiness and ethical implications) and AI usage in education, and to collate, present and discuss these
  • To explore in group work and in the plenary how legal guidelines for trustworthy and ethical AI usage can be developed and designed, in particular related to legal and organizational requirements
  • To identify methods for dealing with the quick changing developments in AI, providing a legal framework that is flexible but also appropriately effective

Therefore, these guiding aspects will be addressed:

  • How can we develop and implement legal and organizational requirements for ethical AI introduction and usage?
  • How can we keep and maybe even strengthen human rights, democracy, digital equity and rules of law through AI-supported education and learning opportunities?
  • And how can we involve all educational levels (micro, meso, macro) and stakeholders to guarantee a trustworthy and ethical AI usage?

Main focus will be on the legal and organizational requirements to achieve a regulation in the fields of AI and Education (AI&ED). Basis will be the work and activities of the Council of Europe (CoE) and its appointed AI&ED Expert Group and in particular its initial report that can be downloaded here. All these open and urgent issues will be discussed and next steps in relation to these requirements and goals will be defined.

Workshop Programme

This full-day workshop will be conducted in a highly interactive manner.
It consists of two parts that are interrelated and complement each other.

The whole workshop will be hybrid with small working groups that are on-site in Tokyo (Japan) as well as online and always followed by a plenary session. Thus, the groups inform each other on their discussions and results.

In the morning, the interactive workshop follows the traditional cooperation in small working groups on four questions. These four questions are:

  • Q1. What issues does the report misunderstand or misrepresent, and how should this be corrected?
  • Q2. What issues does the report ignore, miss or forget, and what other information should be included?
  • Q3. What regulations, if any, should be put in place to protect human rights, democracy and the rule of law whenever AI is applied (AIED) or taught (AI Literacy) in educational contexts?
  • Q4. What case studies can the participants suggest to enhance the public understanding of the issues raised in the report?

In the afternoon, the workshop follows the World Café method with up to 10 prepared questions that can be selected. The World Café procedure will be identical at the group tables for all questions:

  1. The open question will be read and clarified.
  2. Afterwards, the contributions (= answers on the open question of the theme) will be collected as post-it at a flipchart next to the group table.
  3. Finally, all collected contributions will be sorted in open discussion and be clustered according defined categories or criteria so that they can be presented. That can be done independently or using the categories or criteria from the other rounds before.

See the detailed programme below and download it as PDF here.

Meet the Organizers

Wayne Holmes
University College London, UK

Christian M. Stracke
University of Bonn, Germany

Irene-Angelica Chounta
University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany

Dale Allen
DXtera Institute & EdSAFE AI Alliance

Duuk Baten
SURF, The Netherlands

Vania Dimitrova
University of Leeds, UK

Beth Havinga
European EdTech Alliance, Germany

Juliette Norrmen-Smith
UNESCO, France

Barbara Wasson
University of Bergen, Norway

Morning session

9am to 9:15am (Japan Time = UTC+9h)

Welcome / Introduction to the workshop

9:15am to 11:30am (Japan Time = UTC+9h)

Group discussions on the CoE AI&ED report

11:30am to 11:45am (Japan Time = UTC+9h)

Summary of group discussions and their reflection

11:45am to 12:00pm (Japan Time = UTC+9h)

Wrap-up of morning session

Afternoon session

1:30pm to 1:45pm

Introduction to the World Café

1:45pm to 3:00pm

Thematic group work about “Legal and organizational requirements for ethical AI introduction and usage”

3:00pm to 3:45pm

Summary of group discussions and their reflection

3:45pm to 4:30pm

Plenary reflection with members of the Council Of Europe Expert group on AIED


Wayne Holmes (University College London, wayne.holmes [at]

Christian M. Stracke (University of Bonn, stracke [at]

Irene-Angelica Chounta (University of Duisburg-Essen, irene-angelica.chounta [at]


This workshop is partially supported by the Council of Europe.